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Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 longlists

24th Oct 19


The Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 longlists have been announced, highlighting some of the best fiction and non fiction published in the last year.


The award has two categories - the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts. Previous Blue Peter Book Award winners include Onjali Rauf, Cressida Cowell, Michael Morpurgo, Katherine Rundell, Oliver Jeffers and Liz Pichon.

Here are longlists:

Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 - Best Story longlist

Bloom by Nicola Skinner, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott (Scholastic UK)

Charlie Changes Into a Chicken by Sam Copeland, illustrated by Sarah Horne (Puffin)

Lori and Max by Catherine O'Flynn (Firefly Press)

Malamander by Thomas Taylor (Walker Books)
Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson, illustrated by Mike Lowery (Barrington Stoke)

Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, illustrated by Steven Lenton (Macmillan Children's Books)

Vote for Effie by Laura Wood (Scholastic UK)

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari (Hachette Children's Group)

Wildspark by Vashti Hardy (Scholastic UK)


Blue Peter Book Awards 2020 - Best Book with Facts longlist

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay by Alexandra Stewart, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

Fanatical About Frogs by Owen Davey (Flying Eye Books)

Heroes by Jonny Marx, illustrated by Gerhard van Dyk (Stripes)

How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs by Dr Sheila Kanani, illustrated by Sol Linero (Nosy Crow)

Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us! by Christopher Lloyd, illustrated by Mark Ruffle (What on Earth Books)

Plastic Sucks! You Can Make A Difference by Dougie Pointer (Macmillan Children's Books)

Rise Up: Ordinary Kids with Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li, illustrated by Amy Blackwell (Buster Books)

The Ladybird Big Book of Dead Things by Ned Hartley, illustrated by Binny Talib (Ladybird)

The Lost Book of Adventure by Teddy Keen (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

When the Stars Come Out by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Lucy Cartwright (Stripes)


The judges - including TV presenter Meryl Fernandes, poet and author Joseph Coelho and historian and podcaster Jean Menzies - will now select a shortlist from the longlist, before handing the difficult task of picking the two winners to schoolchildren around the country.



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